I’ve read about Polenta for a long time but never seen or tasted it. Last week I decided to look into it because it’s made with cornmeal, one of the foods I store long term. I’m always interested in learning different ways to use my stored foods.
After a number of tweaks to many recipes I came up with this simple Survival recipe and was very surprised at how good Polenta tastes. Polenta is similar to Grits but much smoother and very tasty. It’s simply cornmeal and water.
Cornmeal should be in long term food stocks but normally it’s used just for corn bread or on a pizza pan before the dough goes on. Now we have another use for it. Try it; it really is very good with any survival meal or side dish.
Makes 1¾ cups cooked
½ cup cornmeal
2 cups of water
1 tsp salt
In a pot add 1 cup of water and the salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
In a mixing bowl add ½ cup of water and ½ cup of cornmeal then blend together. This step is important because if you add dry cornmeal directly into the boiling water it will be lumpy and will not blend into a creamy polenta.
After blending add the cornmeal mixture to the boiling water and stir to blend.
Simmer for 25 minutes.
Serve on a small plate or bowl. Eat it plain or as an option you can top with pasta sauce, ketchup or whatever you like.
You can also shape it into patties and fry them like hamburgers.